The International Esports Federation (IESF) has announced that the total prize pool for the 14th edition of its acclaimed tournament, the World Esports Championships Finals is $500,000 (£373,000).
This is a significant increase in as little as year from the previous price pool of $55,000 (£41,000) in 2021. The World Esports Championships is scheduled to commence in Bali, Indonesia on the 27th of November and will be close out on December 9th 2022.
President of the IESF, Vlad Marinescu, stated, “We are very excited for this momentous growth of the 2022 WE Championships Finals prize pool to $500,000, which is representative of the growing popularity and credibility of our flagship event. We are on track to hold the biggest and most inclusive WE Championships yet. We look forward to further increasing access to professional esports opportunities and providing athletes with the ultimate environment to perform at their full potential.”
What games are featured at the ISEF championship?
The IESF recently revealed that six titles will be featured at the competition. Dota 2, CS:GO, Tekken 7, Konami’s eFootball will make a return to the 2022 WE Championships as well as other acclaimed mobile titles such as PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang which will feature for the first time to reflect the massive growth of the mobile gaming industry.
In late 2021, the IESF penned a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Esports World Federation (ESWF). This will see the two federations collaborate on developing and unifying eSports across the globe.
General Secretary at IESF, Boban Totovski added, “The inclusion of these spectacular six titles in the 2022 WE Championships supports our mission to unite, support and promote the World Esports Family. We are very grateful for the continued collaboration with publishers, the inclusion of two new mobile titles and to feature the first CS:GO female tournament this year. Together, we are working towards a more accessible and inclusive esports community.”
The IESF has made substantial growth after hitting 100 member nations and continues to grow its commercial roster (and is now offering close to 10 times of last year’s price pool). As mobile games make their way into this year’s World Esports Championships for the first time, we’re eagerly anticipating the tournament.